“Telling stories is an ongoing theme in my quest for
that which is relevant to maintaining a connection to my life as well as to
ESPACE TROIS, Montreal, April 10, 2006 – Espace Trois
is very pleased to present eleven works
by Montreal artist Marilyn Rubenstein. The exhibition includes oil on canvas
paintings both large and small. An installation with wooden table and chair
which has been developing from 2001 until 2006, early books, notes and lists
from 1995 to 99, and three works from 1992 entitled Messages
which are constructed paintings on canvas and wood using acrylic and oil.
One of the artist’s newest paintings and the largest in the exhibition
dominates the gallery and greets visitors when they enter. Entitled Morning
Conversation the artist began this new work by painting the letters
of a significant word on the canvas. These letters form the shapes which she
then painted over, in, and around until the images on her canvases invite participation
from the viewer to unearth meaning in the underlying layers. The viewer will
see vividly coloured brushstrokes of oil paint interweaving rhythmically over
the surface of this six by twelve foot canvas.
In the large eight by twelve foot black and white installation Never
Ending Stories Rubenstein alternates between telling personal stories,
then hiding the information or revealing it. Her signature is always part of
the developing tangle of lines. The artist has gradually developed a personal
visual expressionism based on stories from her own life.
Although her subject matter is of a highly emotional character, it is her bold,
vigorous brushwork, emphatic lines, and bright colour that produce these powerful
canvases. Organized and expressive, full of intense feelings, her work shows
the result of research into the emotional and psychological properties of colour,
line, and shape first explored by the Russian painter Vassily Kandinsky. The
artist’s expression of subjective feelings can be traced back to German
Expressionist painting where conscious composition combined with subconscious
VERNISSAGE: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 5 to 8 pm
The artist will be present
MARILYN RUBENSTEIN obtained her Masters degree in Art Education from McGill
University in 1988 and has taught painting and drawing while continuing her
personal exploration into non-figurative painting and installation for the past
thirty years. This will be her second solo exhibition in Espace Trois.
Espace Trois is an exhibition space of the School of Fine Arts within the Saidye
Bronfman Centre for the Arts devoted to exhibiting work by artists who teach in the School of
Fine Arts as well as the Advanced Atelier members.
Information: Doreen Lindsay, Coordinator of Exhibitions (514) 932-6688